Rory McIlroy wins Dubai Desert Classic comfortably

World No 1 Rory McIlroy continued his amazing run as he won his fourth title in last seven starts by finishing his front-running effort with a two-under 70 to win the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

PTI| Last Updated: Feb 01, 2015, 21:25 PM IST
Rory McIlroy wins Dubai Desert Classic comfortably

Dubai: World No 1 Rory McIlroy continued his amazing run as he won his fourth title in last seven starts by finishing his front-running effort with a two-under 70 to win the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

It was his second win at the Emirates Golf Club, in the event, which was also his first professional title back in 2009. In the five years since then, McIlroy has won four Majors and risen to World No. 1 and on present form looks unbeatable and has won his previous two Majors, too.

India's two entrants, Jeev Milkha Singh and Shiv Kapur had missed the halfway cut on Friday. McIlroy, who moved into the pole position with his 64 on Friday, closed with a 70 to win by three shots on a tournament record equalling 22-under par.

Sweden's Alex Noren, who missed almost all of 2014 with tendonitis in both wrists, carded a final round 65 to announce his return to action with a runner-up finish his best on The European Tour since 2011.

"It's nice to be able to put my name on that trophy again," said McIlroy, who has now won four and been runner-up in three of his last seven European Tour starts.

"It felt like I was coming second every time I was teeing it up so it was time for a change and obviously the only way I wanted to go was one better and thankfully I was able to do that today.

"I played very nicely all week; I did what I needed to do today. I didn?t play quite as well as the first three days but I played a solid round of golf and kept my nose in front," he added.